Tallahassee Symphony set for concert-hall return with Copland, Montgomery, Beethoven, Brahms

Posted on: October 18, 2021

“For many musicians in the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, it’s been a long winter’s night—19 months to be exact—since they’ve performed as part of an orchestral ensemble,” reads an unsigned article in Thursday’s (10/14) Tallahassee Democrat (FL). “But finally, and joyfully, the music returns on October 16 when the TSO celebrates its ‘Return to Ruby.’ ” On the program at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall: Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, which “ ‘embodies the journey from darkness to light and in that way parallels what our world has been through over the past 20 months,’ said conductor Darko Butorac.… The organization has gone to great lengths to maximize safety and offer a variety of options in how concertgoers enjoy the music. There is a designated socially-distanced section of the hall, an option to stream from home … All patrons are required to wear masks…. ‘The audience is the most important element of the concert experience. This became painfully obvious during the pandemic,’ says [CEO Amanda] Stringer. ‘That’s why we’re doing everything we can to protect our patrons. We want to make sure they feel safe and cared for by us.’ ”